In the period between May 30th and June 3rd 2022, a regional network meeting was held where 6 women organizations from the Western Balkans participated. These WCSOs in the past 2 years jointly and locally in their countries, are working on establishing quality services for reintegration and rehabilitation of women victims of violence.
As part of this joint action, national and local surveys on the availability of services for protection and reintegration of women victims of violence were conducted, followed by basic surveys on the satisfaction of women victims of violence as beneficiaries of the services of the Centers for Social Work, trainings and mentoring of professionals working on gender-based and domestic violence, subgranting of local women’s organizations, advocating to relevant institutions to institutionalize reintegration and rehabilitation services for women victims, as well as several regional documents published during 2020 and 2021: Dealing with Violence on women and domestic violence in the Western Balkans during and after the health crisis with KOVID-19, Public Policy Paper on Social Services for Women Dealing with Gender-Based Violence in the Western Balkans, as well as a Report on the State of Femicides at the Regional Level.
The achieved results at the level of each country were presented at the meeting, and the next steps and activities to be implemented by the end of 2022 were agreed. At the same time, it was agreed to continue the joint actions for the establishment of protection and reintegration services in the coming period in 2023. These actions are implemented at the national level by the National Network against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence in North Macedonia, the Autonomous Women’s Center in Serbia, the Center for Women’s Rights in Montenegro, the Foundation United Women in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Kosovo Women’s Network in Kosovo and, The Albanian Women’s Empowerment Network and the Gender Alliance for Development in Albania.
This activity is part of the project “Institutionalization of quality rehabilitation and integration services for survivors of violence” funded by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) with funds from the Austrian Development Cooperation.